SNAP chief supports Khalil's statement


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Jan 2004

BY STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: The Sarawak National Party (SNAP), currently appealing against its deregistration by the Registrar of Societies, is willing “to smoke the peace pipe” with Barisan Nasional leaders for the sake of the state and the people. 

SNAP president Edwin Dundang said the recent statement by newly appointed Barisan secretary-general Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob – that Barisan wants to resolve the SNAP and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) crisis in Sarawak – was welcomed. 

He said the party considered Khalil's statement on Sunday as “the most encouraging development so far” for SNAP. 

He added that the statement was positive, optimistic and gave SNAP a lot of hope considering that throughout last year the party had been struggling to revive itself and get reinstated into the Barisan fold. 

Speaking yesterday, Dundang said: “We in SNAP fully agree with Khalil that this issue must be resolved before the parliamentary elections, which is just around the corner.” 

He added that SNAP and the Barisan still have the chance to work together for the good of the people in Sarawak. 

He said the Barisan may face a lot of pressure at the coming elections, and among the issues that the coalition would face in Sarawak is the deregistration of SNAP and PBDS. 

Dundang said SNAP had always played an important role in the political arena in Sarawak and had contributed a lot to the state and country as it was one of the pioneers during the formation of Malaysia. 

The ROS deregistered the party on Nov 5, 2002 after a lengthy internal dispute in SNAP, which led to the formation of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP). 

SNAP has since been sacked from the ruling Barisan while SPDP has been admitted as a coalition member. 

However, Dundang announced last month that SNAP would field its candidates for the next elections, so as to remain politically active, even if it has to face the Barisan. 

Early last year, SNAP was granted leave by the Courts of Appeal to appeal against its deregistration. The case is still pending.  

Dundang was elected to the helm of the party after Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min, the central figure in the eight-month-long leadership dispute in SNAP, stepped down.  

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